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Creative Ways People Are Cheating In Cyberpunk 2077

Developers usually expect gamers to follow a set of built-in rules and play their video games accordingly. These rules help maintain a sense of balance, and most gamers obey them. But for some gamers, rules are for chumps, and they turn to cheating — which has ruined some games.


While you could always use cheat engines to give yourself infinite ammo, god mode, etc., that's the lazy way of cheating. The best way to cheat is to exploit systems built into the game (or use proprietary cheat codes). Since Cyberpunk 2077 is an open world game with a ton of systems, there's plenty of exploits to go around. With the right amount of elbow grease in the wrong crack, you can cheat your way from rags to riches in the game.

As of early 2020, the following cheats all work, but they all rely on exploiting parts of Cyberpunk 2077. A future patch might remove them, so reader beware.

Maximize street cred with a combination of Sasquatch and time travel

Money can't buy everything in Cyberpunk 2077. Without a sufficiently high reputation (i.e., street cred), some NPCs won't give you the time of day. If you want to roll in the reputation, you might be interested in time warp shenanigans.


The job I Walk The Line is bugged, but you wouldn't know that if you played it normally. The glitch doesn't rear its head until you fight Matilda Rose, a.k.a. Sasquatch, specifically the moment when she falls unconscious but not quite dead. If you kill her, you are rewarded with some cash and street cred, but why kill her once when you can kill her multiple times for infinite rewards?

Before you kill Sasquatch, save the game, then kill her, then save again without overwriting previous save files. Then load the save you made after finishing her off, and the game will press the reset button on her life without rolling back your cash or cred. Kill her again, and you will receive even more money and street cred. Now save again by overwriting the previous file, load again, and kill her once more for another influx of cash and cred. Repeat until you are maxed out on street cred.


Never get hurt again with max armor

On paper, armor in Cyberpunk 2077 reduces the damage dealt by bullets, and that's exactly what it does. However, the game is seemingly only balanced for low armor levels. Anything higher and Cyberpunk 2077 breaks down, even though the game lets you equip as much armor as you want.


In Cyberpunk 2077, one of the best ways to increase stats, including armor, is Mods, but you need empty equipment slots to use them. The strongest items in the game sport four slots, and you can fill them all with the Armadillo Mod for max armor. This breaks the game because once you have a full set of legendary clothes with nothing but Armadillo mods, Cyberpunk 2077 can no longer properly calculate your armor stat.

If you use nothing but epic mods, your armor climbs so high that guns will deal at most one damage per bullet, but if you replace one epic Armadillo with a common one, the game thinks your armor is increasing, even though you equipped an objectively weaker mod. Sometimes your armor shifts between save file loads. The game code folds in on itself trying to calculate your damage reduction, so you can walk around Cyberpunk 2077 with a bulletproof tank top and hotpants if you want.


Abuse the physics engine because it's there

Cyberpunk 2077 is a buggy game. What open world game isn't? Sure, some glitches are worse than others, but some, such as physics bugs, come with the genre.

Audiences have discovered two insane ways to bend Cyberpunk 2077's physics engine to their whims. The first is a spin on the classic Bunnyhop technique to significantly increase a player's in-game speed. You have to buy the Maneuvering System cyberware and equip it, which lets you dodge in midair. If you time your dodges right before you hit the ground, you can chain them together and build up speed. Add Reinforced Tendons to the mix and gain some serious height.


Speaking of heights, did you ever want to leap off a tall building in Cyberpunk 2077 without worrying about fall damage? Some players have learned how to do just that, and you don't even need cyberware — just slide off the ledge. If performed correctly, you will continue sliding indefinitely and give kinetic energy a rain check. Once you stop sliding, the game will cash it in and deal fall damage. To avoid the damage toll, you have to slide onto a higher or lower surface (e.g., if you land on the sidewalk, slide into the street). Then you can stand up damage-free.